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3 Wide Receivers the Bears Can Draft to Replace Allen Robinson

Devon Platana
Three wide receivers that the Chicago Bears can draft to replace Allen Robinson next month.
Three wide receivers that the Chicago Bears can draft to replace Allen Robinson next month. / Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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Allen Robinson's tenure with the Chicago Bears ended on a sour note. After an underwhelming 2021 campaign that saw him record career-lows in receptions (38), yards (410) and touchdowns (one), both sides are looking for a fresh start now that Robinson is set to hit free agency.

Other than Darnell Mooney, the Bears don't have any other credible wideouts on their roster. That's why Chicago will likely look to the 2022 NFL Draft for Robinson's replacement. However, the Bears only have five picks this year, with the 39th overall pick being their highest selection.

Having said that, here's a look at the three most like wide receivers that the Bears can draft to replace Robinson.

Chicago Bears NFL Draft

1. Chris Olave, Ohio State

Ohio State's Chris Olave is one of the most exciting wide receivers in this year's draft class. He had a career year with the Buckeyes in the fall, finishing with 65 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns. Whether he falls to No. 39 or they trade up to get him, the Bears should be all over Olave. For starters, he spent two seasons with QB Justin Fields at Ohio State, resulting in the wideout posting a 98-1,569-19 stat line over that span. Also, Olave has made it clear he'd love to be reunited with Fields. Organizations love when a player is willing to play for them, which is why Olave to the Bears is a match made in heaven.

2. Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Another promising wideout that the Bears should keep an eye out for is Penn State's Jahan Dotson. The 21-year-old was great with the Nittany Lions in 2021, hauling in 91 balls for 1,182 receiving yards and 12 TDs. He's a speedy threat with a great jumping ability and can make difficult catches in coverage. Mooney is already quick on his own, so bringing Dotson to the offense could give the opposition's secondary some serious headaches. The Penn State prospect has the talent to be a high-end No. 2 WR one day and that's something the Bears can't pass on.

3. David Bell, Purdue

Olave isn't the only wide receiver who wants to play with Fields. Purdue's David Bell has made it clear that he wants to as well, telling NFL Combine reporters that he loves "the way [Fields] throws the ball and his pocket presence." If the Bears draft the budding prospect, the feeling would likely be mutual. Bell was a force in 11 games with the Boilermakers last fall, finishing with a career-high 93 receptions and 1,286 yards, hauling in six TD passes in the process. He's one of the best route-runners in the class and has great balance when tackled. If the Bears are looking for a wideout who isn't afraid to get physical, Bell is their guy.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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